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Happy New Year 2012 to All on TE!

Another picture from last night's "Hogmanay" celebrations in the little town of Biggar. Here, the torchlight parade through the town takes place around about 9 p.m. on the last day of the old year prior to the lighting of the Bonfire in the middle of the High Street by the oldest citizen in the town, a tradition which has gone on for centuries.

For those unfamiliar with the term "Hogmanay", it is the Scots word for the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year (Gregorian calendar) in the Scottish manner. The etymology of the word is obscure. The three main theories derive it either from a French, Norse or a Goidelic root and you can read about them here on Wikipedia, though the "Undiscovered Scotland" website suggests Norse origins as you can read here.

Shot in RAW and converted and edited in PSE9.

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